A life by chocolate entails finding sweetness in the light and dark. Moreso, it's about addiction to cocoa. An insatiable sweet tooth doesn't hurt. Well, not until the yucky tartar buildup and stuff. To the point, I strive to entertain with topics such as the utter hilarity and cuteness of children; the challenges of dating, my related rationale for celibacy; and chocolate as a precious remedy for it all. Thanks for sampling Life by Chocolate. I hope you keep coming back for more.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

We Wish We Could and Support for Sandy Hook Elementary

We Wish We Could

Shattered hearts

Broken dreams

A desperate world

In which it seems

Nothing unfolds the way it should

To change the facts

We wish we could

So life makes sense

And children thrive

Angels prevail

While demons die

Hate is squelched yet understood

To change the facts

 We wish we could.

To change the facts, we wish we could.

With tears for those who lost their lives, and those who lost loved ones, to the Newtown massacre.

If only the real world was as loving, kind, and proactive as our blog world. 

What follows was takent directly from Meg O. at O is Me.

 To the Blog World and Anyone Else who Wants to Help,

Yesterday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help. As a side note, I would like to take this time to thank Neely and Michelle for helping organize and be so quick to come together and think of something that we could do as a blogging community. After some planning, we came up with this:

On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

 We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.


Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

 We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you in advance for participating.

The Blog World

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  1. This is a great post Robyn and it's so true. This is such a tragedy and my heart bleeds for those involved in it, it really does. I hate what's happened so much, words fail me, I still can't think of a way to describe.

  2. It's proof the devil really exists.
    I have a guest post scheduled that day on another blog, but I won't be posting on mine.

  3. Matthew, there just aren't words. Thank you, friend.

    Alex, I appreciate that you won't be posting.


  4. Wonderful post, Robyn. Lovely sentiments. I'm working on a memorial dedication myself.

    Thanks for posting.

  5. Very lovely poem, Robyn.
    It really speaks to me.
    Yours is the only post I have read about this for my own reasons that few people would understand.

  6. ML, thank you. Words seem so inadequate, but it's our default tool. And the support can only help.

    Ruth, thank you. I'm sensing a lot of people are avoiding the topic. I think we do understand. As a non-parent, but one whose nephew (my heart) is in kindergarten, would rather ignore something so monstrously tragic.


  7. Wonderful thing for the blog community to do. Can't even begin to fathom why someone would do such a thing.

  8. Very touching Robyn - you are right words are inadequate, but we need a default tool. Do send the HTML - David xo

  9. Nice poem. This is a great idea and I support it whole-heartedly.

  10. Beautiful poem. Such a senseless tragedy. I spent the afternoon with my Daughter and two of my grandchildren. After yesterday, it helped.

  11. Already scheduled this post for the 18th. Great idea. Send me the html and I'll repost on my site right away. Makes you wonder what crazy stuff people are going to do counting down to next Friday. So unbelievably sad watching the Today show this morning.

  12. Beautiful. I will be sharing this and observing the silence on the 18th.

  13. Thank you, friends, for adding your support.


  14. PS Chuck and anyone who wants to re-post this, you should be able to simply copy and paste from my blog. The code for the button is underneath. If it doesn't work, please let me know, and I'll check with Meg - whose post I copied this from. Thank you.

    PS You are all wonderful.


  15. That's very nice of you Robyn. Lovely sentiments. It's just so hard to make sense of.

    Unfortunately, unless something is done about gun control it will only happen again, and again.

  16. Ps - i will maintain the silence on that day, and share your blog.

  17. Still really struggling with this. Can not wrap my head around any piece of it. Your poem is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I can't begin to understand this, my mom spent all day crying on Friday as she watched the events unfold. I have four nephews, 9-13 and it scares me to think that they have drills for when someone is in school who should not be there.

    Gorgeous poem and I'll be posting this on Tuesday in support.

  19. Thanks, dear friends.

    Love to you all.


  20. Beautiful poem. I am glad I read this in time for silence tomorrow.

  21. Such a sad, sad happening. I watched the news report in our Hotel in Hawaii and I just cried and cried. Those poor children and their poor families. Your poem was beautiful.